APPIANO GENTILE – Following their win over Napoli, Andrea Stramaccioni has given the Nerazzurri the day off.
The squad will be back for morning training at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti tomorrow, Tuesday 11 December 2012, ahead of Lazio v Inter, Week 17 of Serie A 2012/13 on Saturday 15 December at the Stadio Olimpico (kick-off 20:45).
MILAN – "We bagged three important points tonight because Napoli are a top team and second place was up for grabs." That’s what Yuto Nagatomo told Japanese journalists after Inter’s win at the Meazza.
The wing-back then analysed his own performance: "I’m pleased with how I did personally. In the second half in particular I had to carry out more defensive duties because the coach, through Zanetti, told me to concentrate more on helping our defenders. Midway through the second half I was almost in with a chance but I got there just a bit too late. My legs aren’t very long and I couldn’t quite stretch to it…"
Nagatomo was reminded that on other occasions this season, after a great performance the team has suffered a dip in form. He replied: "Unfortunately that has happened this year. We’ll have to maintain our focus better. Juventus? We must keep on this path, it’s too early to talk about the league table."
MILAN – Scorer and provider for Milito this evening, Fredy Guarin was also at the hub of much of Inter’s play against Napoli. Afterwards he gave his thoughts to Sky Sport Italia: "It was a good performance, the goal was important but the best thing was the way the team played. The rehearsed corner? It was a goal that came from Strama. We’d tried it out before."
It was then put to the Colombian powerhouse that Inter tend to turn it on against the big teams: "Every game is different but we must think that all opponents are the same. We prepared for this match very well."
Guarin wanted to dedicate his goal to Miguel Calero, the former Colombia goalkeeper who died of cerebral thrombosis recently: "The news was hard to take, we players all knew him. I hope to be able to help his family."
MILAN – Andrea Ranocchia spoke to Inter Channel after playing his part in the Nerazzurri’s win over Napoli: "We all played well, we had to do that to beat a side like Napoli, but now we’ll focus on Lazio. My role in the set piece that led to our opening goal? I had to draw opponents away together with my team-mates to free up space behind us."
Asked for a comment on Javier Zanetti’s performance, Ranocchia replied: "The captain is remarkable [smiling], he helped me out in the area, he and Nagatomo gave me a big hand with Insigne."
Finally, a word on Cambiasso’s position: "He’s very astute tactically so he has no problem playing in that position. Does he talk more than Samuel? Yes, he does do that… [smiling]."
MILAN – "The most important thing is the way we managed to beat a tough team that runs like clockwork: we won because we showed humility and put in the hard work. It’s a win that proves we’re a strong side, but we know we still have a lot to keep working on." That was Javier Zanetti‘s view on Inter’s victory over Napoli as he spoke to Inter Channel.
"You can go a long way with humility. In our case it’s in the club’s DNA, from the president all the way down to each of us. Now we must try to be more consistent, especially in the games that look easier on paper. We’re on the up again, we must keep going as we are," concluded the Nerazzurri skipper.